James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 4.73'
Flow: 4020 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 10:48pm
Low Tide: 5:36pm

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Record-setting journey on the James?

April 23, 2012 10:02am

If paddling the length of the James River — 340 miles from Iron Gate to the Chesapeake Bay — has ever occurred to you, even just for a fleeting moment, you might enjoy Patrick Griffin’s story. The 27-year-old VCU grad recently returned from making the trip in a mind-blowingly fast 11 days (10 paddling, 1 rest). Gabe Silver, of the James River Association, said that’s the fastest he’s ever heard of someone doing it, though there is no official record for the feat. Griffin said the weather was dry almost the entire trip, which means the river flows weren’t all that high for this time of year. If he had had higher water levels, he might have done it even faster.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?